Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Competing In A Ridiculous Amount Of Events

You've probably noticed that the really good competitors compete in and often win multiple events each year. How they can manage this, I have no idea. I'm still new to the league in some respects.

Last year, my first year, I had one speech for most of the season, and it was a lot of work. I picked up another between the first and second competition, and it was still a lot of work. Around the end of last year, I had an OI and an OO I wanted to do this year. I also wanted to do a Duo and/or something funny. Well, this year's Duo is the least funny duo you've ever seen, so I found an HI and dropped my OI. I then picked my OI up again and found myself competing with 4 memorized speeches and impromptu. Ridiculous. Since I'll be joining debate next year, I decided that there is no way I'll have time for 4 memorized speeches, so I figured I'd probably end up doing 3.

I realized the other day just how many speeches I was planning to do next year. I wanted to do an HI because they're  so much fun and a DI because I've really enjoyed the dramaticness of this year's Duo and I actually have a Duo next year that I've been wanting to do since last summer and I even found a really great partner and I read a book that I thought might make a neat OI and my mom has an OO she'd like me to do that somehow relates to this really really cool scholarship for college she found and I think it sounds awesome and I also had an idea formulating for a Persuasive in my mind and I told my mom about it and she thinks it sounds awesome and let's not forget impromptu, of course, and HOLY COW THAT'S SEVEN EVENTS AND DEBATE WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING I'M GOING INSANE!!

I'm thinking I'll probably drop one of those events. But I don't see how I can drop more than one. Let's not be ridiculous. But hey, all I specified is that I can't do 4 memorized speeches and I'll be maybe doing 5. I win. What is even more ridiculous is than my obsession with speech is that I am not alone. People actually think they can pull off a billion events and then they do. What about you? Have you ever competed in a ridiculous amount of events, or wanted to?

You're homeschooled, and I feel silly.


  1. I'm doing six events this year and will probably do nine next year. Yes, I am officially insane. ;-)

  2. Hannah the GooseMay 26, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    I have a crazy number of events I want to do, but I don't know when that's going to happen. Next year I want to maybe do another DI, a HI if I can find a piece, a Platform, Impromptu, and Apologetics if I can get all my cards done by then. I'm kind of doubting it. =) So, yeah. I'm amazed that people can actually pull off hat many events and do them well. You guys are incredible. =)

    @ Sarah: What all are you planning to do?

    Hannah Socolofsky

  3. Doing bunches of events, while insane, is awesome. :) It really does pay off.